WEST FERRISBURG -- Beloved by all who knew her, Mary (Derby) Morris died peacefully, in the loving arms of her caregivers and family, at home on Dec. 28, 2014, in West Ferrisburg. She was 98 years old.
"Bootsie" was born Oct. 4, 1916, in Boston, Mass., the daughter of Dr. George Strong Derby and Mary Brewster Brown Derby. Her summers were spent in Falmouth Foreside, Maine. She attended the Winsor School in Boston and St. Timothy's School in Catonsville, Md. Married in 1940 to DuBois S. Morris, she lived in Washington, D.C., and Weston, Conn., before moving to Ferrisburg in 1998.
She was an active volunteer in every community in which she lived. Blessed with beauty, graciousness, a loving heart, humor, warmth and generosity, her house was a mecca for family and friends. Most devoted of wives, most loving of mothers, best of friends, and most caring of neighbors, she was one of a kind and she will be sorely missed.
Bootsie was the matriarch of a large family including her devoted children, Eloise Clark (Christopher), Peter Morris (Pennie Beach), George Morris, Diana Raphael (David), and Daniel Morris (Debbie); and 10 adoring grandchildren, Eloise Patterson, Christopher Clark Jr., Diana Stroble, Sarah Morris, Hasket Morris, Mara Raphael, Jory Raphael, Ben Raphael, Annie Montgomery, and Michael Morris; and 16 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, DuBois S. Morris, who died in 2005.
The family wishes to extend their deep gratitude to "Team Bootsie," Pat Owens, Tammie Shepard and Michelle Dickerson, along with Barb Lavoie and Lisa Stockwell who gave extraordinary care to our mother in her last years.
A celebration of Bootsie's life will be held later in the spring. Calling hours with her family will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, in the parish hall of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Vergennes. Online condolences may be made at www.gregorycremation.com.